Photo by Eric Bond.
BY BILL BROWN, PHOTOS: ERIC BOND, BILL BROWN
The annual Beerfest once again earned over $20,000 in donations. The October 3 event was attended by over 500. The figures are similar to last year’s, establishing the annual Nuclear-Free Beerfest as a reliable fundraiser.
As usual the Beerfest was held on the historic Cady-Lee Mansion grounds. Food donated by 16 restaurants and cafes was served under pavilions on one side. Beer-serving stations lined the other. In the middle, an acoustic trio occupied a small gazebo, playing oldies. Takoma Foundation volunteers grilled and served bratwursts for guests and helped pour beer.
The crowd was enthusiastic about the brass band that played in the evening. Photo by Bill Brown.
This year 13 breweries provided a wide variety of beer, from traditional Octoberfest Marzen lager to a non-traditional raspberry-sour beer sorbet. The sorbet – a collaboration between local businesses 3 Stars Brewing Co. and Dolci Gelati – was “pretty awesome,” according to attendee Meriwether Jones. It was “one of those things you would think wouldn’t work, but does.”
New to the festival and new to the neighborhood Hellbender Brewing Company offed red ale and a Kolsch. The new brewery is located close to New Hampshire Avenue, NE not far from 3 Stars Brewing Co. and just a few blocks into Washington, DC from Takoma Park, MD.
Other brewers were from farther away. Adroit Theory Brewery, which served a saison, a triple IPA, a bourbon porter and an imperial porter, came from Purcellville, VA. Star Hill Brewery, serving a pale ale and a pumpkin porter, is from the Charlottesville, VA area.
New Belgium beer may have come the farthest. The brewery is in Asheville, NC, the parent brewery is in Colorado.
lederhosen-clad Christian Layke, Takoma Park resident and head brewer at the Rockville Gordon Biersch Brew Pub served an English-style ESB (Extra Special Bitter) from a traditional English “beer pump” or “beer engine.”
The Takoma Foundation uses Beerfest revenues to fund community grants. Grants go to local non-profit groups and projects such as the African Immigrant and refugee Foundation, the CREATE Arts Center, “Write Night” – for incarcerated youth, Crossroads Farmer’s Market and the MANUP youth program.
For more information about the brewers, the beers, the food suppliers and the Takoma Foundation, see the Beerfest program in pdf form here.